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Special weapons of the Wehrmacht by Sakhal

This article describes some special weapons either used by or projected for the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. It is notable how German technicians in that time showed an exceptional imagination and wit when designing the weaponry that should ...

[ Date: 2014-10-06 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: Never ]
Missiles of the A series by Sakhal

The A-4 developed in the Nazi Germany was the foundation of the modern missiles and the Space Era, the first missile that abandoned the physiognomy of a rudimentary drone that was characteristic of other designs of that time, the first missile that re...

[ Date: 2014-10-04 | Length: 15 Kb | Update: Never ]
Warbirds of the Luftwaffe by Sakhal

This article offers a compilation with some particular aircraft operated by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War, including basic information for both the particular aircraft and the aircraft model in general. Focke Wulf Fw 190 A-3 des Oberleu...

[ Date: 2014-10-02 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: Never ]
Secret weapons of the Third Reich by Sakhal

In the last years of the conflict, Germany produced a certain number of rocket and jet-propelled weapons among the diverse artifacts that should have caused a change in the trajectory of war. Many of them had been devised already before the war for scient...

[ Date: 2014-09-30 | Length: 16 Kb | Update: Never ]
Kamikaze weapons of Japan by Sakhal

After the Second World War, very many journalists and writers have dedicated dozens of books trying to explain to the western mentality the causes of the kamikaze phenomenon. But nobody managed to give a valid explanation to the questions that our cur...

[ Date: 2014-09-27 | Length: 12 Kb | Update: 2015-06-30 ]
Panzerschreck and Panzerfaust by Sakhal

Unlike what was expected at the beginning, the Second World War assumed an increasingly slow evolution that lasted for painful and tragic years. This new aspect of the situation led to a modification in the type of warlike operations, and hence to an ...

[ Date: 2014-09-26 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: Never ]
The last hopes of the Luftwaffe by Sakhal

This article presents a synthesis of the aircraft, more or less known, that should have returned the dominance of the skies to the Luftwaffe, or at least resist the Allied formations to the point of radically diminishing the bombings upon Germany. History...

[ Date: 2014-09-25 | Length: 10 Kb | Update: Never ]
Experimental ships 1861-65 by Sakhal

During the American Civil War (1861-65) entered experimental action some of the first ironclads and submersible boats, whose impact on the war was certainly not decisive, but these undoubtedly opened a new stage in the history of naval warfare. This a...

[ Date: 2014-09-24 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: Never ]
Focke-Wulf Fw 190 light fighter by Sakhal

The 1st June 1939 it was happily effectuated the first test flight of the new single-seater fighter ordered by the Luftwaffe and designed by the company Focke-Wulf. Despite the German Air Force already had excellent aircraft in its ranks, such as the ...

[ Date: 2014-09-18 | Length: 20 Kb | Update: 2015-07-06 ]
Vought F4U Corsair light fighter by Sakhal

"With the machine guns loaded and the gunsights sparkling, our Corsair fighters flutter like falcons over territory occupied by the enemy. Under us lies the jungle, which extends along the hills of New Ireland... We flight at an altitude of 2400 meter...

[ Date: 2014-09-17 | Length: 9 Kb | Update: 2015-07-06 ]
Mitsubishi A6M Reisen/Zero light fighter by Sakhal

Decades after the attack to Pearl Harbor, the motives that impulsed Japan to such action were still very discussed. The American propaganda had always shown the good ones on a side and the bad ones on the other. But undoubtedly, despite of its imperia...

[ Date: 2014-09-16 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: 2015-07-07 ]
PzKpfw V Panther medium tank by Sakhal

Even when in the first prototype of the PzKpfw III were being corrected the defects and the initial project of the PzKpfw IV was being finished, the inspector of the German Army for the Mechanized Forces was already making plans about a new larger tank wi...

[ Date: 2014-07-17 | Length: 21 Kb | Update: 2014-12-24 ]
SdKfz 184 Ferdinand/Elefant tank destroyer by Sakhal

When Porsche lost the contract for the Tiger I tank more than 90 chassis had been already produced, in different stages of completion, and for such reason it was decided to use them for a new project: a heavy and powerful self-propelled anti-tank cann...

[ Date: 2014-07-16 | Length: 7 Kb | Update: 2014-12-27 ]
PzKpfw VI Tiger I heavy tank by Sakhal

The origins of the German program for a heavy tank dated back from 1937, when it was discussed for the first time the convenience of a tank that weighed from 30 to 35 tonnes. The company Henschel was ordered to develop two vehicles having the same spe...

[ Date: 2014-06-26 | Length: 19 Kb | Update: 2014-12-24 ]
T-34 medium tank by Sakhal

During the Second World War, the T-34 was the tank that more influenced the German tank projectists and, in turn, this one originated from the work of Walter Christie. Thus, it can be said that this American engineer had a huge influence in the design...

[ Date: 2014-06-25 | Length: 16 Kb | Update: 2014-12-25 ]
PzKpfw VIII Maus superheavy tank by Sakhal

During the Second World War Germany destined a large amount of effort and resources to develop a super-heavy combat armored vehicle. There were two tank models under development, the Maus and the E-100, but none of them was finally adopted for service...

[ Date: 2014-04-06 | Length: 6 Kb | Update: 2014-12-22 ]
Inside the Me 262 turbojet fighter by Sakhal

The Messerschmitt 262 was the first turbojet fighter to have operative use in war. It entered service, as an experimental unit, in the beginning of the summer 1944. Due to the insistence from Hitler to turn it into a "Blitz-bomber", it was initially e...

[ Date: 2014-04-05 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: 2015-07-09 ]
Messerschmitt Me 262 Schwalbe turbojet fighter by Sakhal

In the summer of 1944, there was no doubt that the Germans were far ahead the Allies in the production of turbojet fighters. The 25th July 1944, a British Mosquito aircraft from the 544th Squadron, flying in a reconnaissance mission at an altitude of ...

[ Date: 2014-04-05 | Length: 18 Kb | Update: 2015-07-09 ]
Testimonies from Hiroshima by Sakhal

In the Hell Pit What happened in the "hell pit" of Hiroshima? Testimonies gathered during the subsequent years were numerous, but few of them were in situation of giving an idea of the cataclysm provoked by the atomic explosion. In the moment that cl...

[ Date: 2014-03-19 | Length: 8 Kb | Update: Never ]
The decline of the Rising Sun by Sakhal

The conquest of Iwo Jima allowed the United States to intensify their attacks against the metropolitan territory of Japan. The offensive had started time ago, and had been made possible by the availability of airbases able to allow the bombers a round...

[ Date: 2014-03-17 | Length: 6 Kb | Update: Never ]
Hiroshima and Nagasaki by Sakhal

It was the 16th July 1945 when it was exploded the first atomic bomb in the History, in a desertic area of New Mexico state called Alamogordo. This successful explosion started the nuclear era in which we live today. German scientifics had discovered ...

[ Date: 2014-03-15 | Length: 10 Kb | Update: Never ]